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Who's Next (Remastered)

6 Dec. 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1995
  • Release Date: 6 Dec. 1999
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 1:17:39
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,437 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful By John Basham on 17 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a more technical comment on this re-release - obviously this is a full five star album, genius at its very height, etc.

However having listened closely to the "Deluxe" (2-CD) version of Who's Next against the earlier 1995 "Remixed and Digitally Remastered" (1-CD) version - they ain't the same (if you use iTunes, use Apple Lossless - you'll never go back to MP3, BTW - or FLAC with other players). The track lengths give this away, but on a good system, and particularly with good headphones, you will be able to tell the difference easily. Essentially the Deluxe sounds like a remaster only - i.e. taken from the original stereo master tapes, and a harsh one at that - whereas the 1995 version is clearly a remix from the original multitrack master.

OK, so what? Well, in almost every case (every case in my own view) the remixed versions - while sticking closely to the original mixes and overall production quality (and quite rightly so, this recording was also Glyn Johns' own masterpiece) have a clearer and more transparent quality that makes the vinyl/Deluxe versions sound sonically limited. Subtle details in the mix, tambourines, vocal inflections, even creaking studio chairs and background whispers become clear on the 1995 remix versions - it's uncanny, and for music/Who fans who really care about this album the effect is much like the (also remixed/remastered) 2-CD Tommy - which is frankly breathtaking and sounds like it might have been recorded last week. Studio technology was quite advanced from the sixties onwards, only the need to adjust things for vinyl messed up the sound quality. Revisting the master tapes allows modern listeners to hear what Glyn Johns would have heard in the studio.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Millar on 16 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Who's Next, apart from having a brilliant cover, is for me the absolute studio peak for this band. The songwriting, recording, musicianship and

'feel' of the album remain stunning almost forty years after its release.

It was/is the perfect Who album, although so are The Who Sell Out, and Who Live at Leeds, and.....

BUT, in these days of CD, why do the record companies think they have to fill up the disc to give value? The bonus tracks are excellent and most welcome, of course, but why not (OK, I know it's dollars) put them on a second CD?

Won't Get Fooled Again was the perfect close to the record, but now it closes with Behind Blue Eyes: great song, but not the 'kapow' ending of the original. Of course, in these days of MP3 and IPods, you can re-jig albums in any way you like, but can you imagine Sgt Pepper ending with, say, an outtake version of Lovely Rita instead of Day in the Life?!

Anyway, enough griping. This is great stuff, and I defy anyone to avoid playing along with the drum break in Won't Get Fooled Again.

PS There is another issue of Who's Next, too. This is a 2 CD set which features a terrific, unreleased live collection from the Vic Theatre which was planned to be part of the Lifehouse project, I think. The first CD is the same as the first re-issue reviewed here.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Dineen on 17 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Who's zenith, and probably still unsurpassed for rock musicianship, cohesion, total sound, and explosive creativity by all four musicians. And Pete Townsend singing his patented lyrical interludes in so many of the songs, bookended by Roger Daltry's raw, gut-wrenching vocals. (Are these interludes something completely unique in Rock 'n Roll? I can't think of any other band that used the technique. In any case, they are are showcase for Townsend's amazing musicality that was equalled by few others, maybe only McCartney from that era). Plus we hear the entire, amazing, and deeply spiritual "Pure and Easy", which is only quoted at the end of "The Song is Over", both in studio and live. Pete's guitar is on fire in "Best I Ever Had", and the album would be classic if it it only had any one of "Baba O'Riley", "Won't Get Fooled Again", and "Behind Blue Eyes." This one had all, and then some. The album was and still is the soundtrack of its time for many of us old timers.

Has there since been a better Rock album? I can't think of one.

Do pop musicians still create at this level? I'm not hearing it.

What's Next? If it's anything like Who's Next, I can't wait to hear it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. East on 26 May 2007
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Let's start with one thing. Pete Townshend is a musical genius and pioneer. Though he was to go on and write many more great songs (and still does), it was with Who's Next that The Who hit a zenith as a studio band. The album represents the peak of his output in sheer volume alone considering the songs that didn't make this album (Pure and Easy; Relay; Greyhound Girl etc etc). Pete's "Lifehouse" movie for which these songs were intended foresaw a world dominated by couch-potato, internet-fed drones who eventually find freedom through music. The lyrics to "Baba O'Riley" predicted a "teenage wasteland" - how true of today's hoody generation where young people are wasted (that's waste as in missed opportunity, not drugs as some think). Elsewhere, "Bargain" features lyrics that talk of a complete sacrifice to be with a loved one which only sharpen in intensity in the knowledge that they really relate to a spiritual not physical union. The album features some of the The Who's most underrated tracks: "Song is over"; "Getting in tune" and "Love ain't for keeping" are wonderful and show the depth and clarity that Pete Townshend had reached in his writing. The album is topped off by two of their most famous tracks - "Behind Blue Eyes" and of course "Won't get fooled again" which add to what is a pinnacle in rock music. My love for The Who rests in their ability to convey such primal power in their music and yet such subtlety in their lyrics. There is something very special happening in here. As a live band at their peak, The Who had no peers. On Who's Next they proved that they could transfer that power to the studio.
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